Fri 10 - Sun 19 November 2017
Dee Dee Bridgewater
+ Camilla George
LONDON Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
A fantastic live performer, Dee Dee Bridgewater is one of today’s leading female jazz vocal stars. Putting her own unique spin on standards as well as taking intrepid leaps of faith in re-envisioning jazz classics, Dee Dee Bridgewater has had a multifaceted career that has spanned over four decades.
A Grammy and Tony Award-winning artist, producer and UN Ambassador, Dee Dee Bridgewater is probably the most electrifying stage presence in vocal jazz today, and counts Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie and Dexter Gordon among her list of past collaborators. She brings the sounds of her new album, Memphis... Yes, I'm Ready, inspired by the sound of Memphis R&B from the mid-late 1960s. Think Gladys Knight, Otis Redding, Al Green and Sam Cooke.
‘Dee Dee Bridgewater has a technique and musicality that bests most performers of her generation’ (**** Guardian)
Alto-saxophone band leader Camilla George formed her Quartet in 2014, rising through the ranks of Tomorrow's Warriors, the Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Jazz Jamaica and Courtney Pine's Venus Warriors band. Her African roots and Caribbean ancestry shine through in a mix of jazz, calypso, afrobeat and hard bop with both precision and playfulness.
'George’s compositions possess memorable melodies and strong grooves in equal measure and her music is eminently accessible with a youthful energy that is likely to give it considerable across the board appeal. It’s an essentially acoustic quartet capable of reaching out to dyed in the wool provincial jazz fans as well as to younger London audiences... There’s an infectious joyousness about the music with a confident, incisive George well supported by her colleagues' – The Jazz Mann
This show forms part of the EFG Excellence Series
The concert is preceded, at 6.30pm, by a talk with Dee Dee Bridgewater